Programs

Ramadan

Ramadan is a joyful and holy month. It is a time dedicated to self-reflection, family, friends, and personal growth. Join us as we explore this holiday and its many traditions.

Paint a Fanous
Paint your own clay fanous, a colorful lantern used to illuminate homes and city streets around the world during Ramadan.
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28, 2017| 10am & 1pm| 5 & younger | Drop-in

Storytelling: The White Nights of Ramadan
Hear the story of Noor as she and her brothers prepare for the special Ramadan festival of Girgian in a reading of The White Nights of Ramadan, an inspiring picture book by Maha Addasi, led by Children’s Museum of Manhattan educators.
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28, 2017| 11am and 4pm | All ages |Drop-in

Navigation Station: Read the Stars
Through air, land and sea, explore the history of navigation and how the stars have guided travelers for centuries! Read the sky, understand the importance of star clusters and learn how to find them while making your own constellation tube.
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28, 2017| 10:30am-12pm & 2-4:30pm | 6 & older| Drop-in

The Art of Design with Afsoon Talai
Design your own fanoos (lantern) with patterns found in the exhibition America to Zanzibar: Msulim Cultures Near and Far with Afsoon Talai—designer and founder of Golreezan Design Store.
Sunday, May 28, 2017| 2 and 3pm| 6 & older| Sign-up*

Funding for these programs was made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event

Gateway to the Arts

Printmaking and with Artist Jennifer Mack-Watkins
Design your own print and learn how artist Jennifer Mack-Watkins explores history in her silk screen and woodcut prints. Jennifer’s art was recently exhibited at the Lower East Side Print Shop, Rush Arts and the Newark Museum.
Saturday, May 27, 2017| 2 & 3pm| 6 & older| Sign-up*

Funding for these programs was made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event

Memorial Day

Join us at the Children’s Museum in remembrance and patriotism this Memorial Day.

Star-Spangled Wind Chime
Celebrate the American flag in honor of Memorial Day by designing your own patriotic wind chime.
Monday, May 29, 2017 | 10am & 1pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad
Celebrate Memorial Day with a fun and fabulous fruit salad!
Monday, May 29, 2017 | 11am & 12pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event

Caribbean Arts Fest

Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month at the Children’s Museum with a weekend of design workshops and powerful performances.

Caribbean Carnival Masks
Explore the world of masks, headdresses, and costumes from the Caribbean! Colorful characters and elaborate costumes are one of the ways we see African, European, and Indigenous influences found in the Caribbean. Create your own mask or headdress in this hands-on workshop.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 10:30-1pm & 2pm-6pm| All Ages |Drop-in

The Bomba with Bombazo Dance Company
Bomba is one of the traditional musical styles of Puerto Rico. Like many art forms in the Caribbean, it is a mixture of African, European and Indigenous influences. Join Bombazo for a performance of the Bomba and learn about the music and its culture through rhythms, song, and dance.
Sunday, June 4, 2017| 2 and 3pm |All ages | Drop-in

Funding for these programs was made possible by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Puerto Rican Day Parade

Celebrate un pueblo, muchas voces (one nation, many voices) with us at the Children’s Museum as we recognize the creativity and diversity of Puerto Rico and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Sofrito: A Taste of Puerto Rico
Smell and taste the variety of colorful vegetables and herbs used to create sofrito—a staple in Puerto Rican dishes. Use it to season stews, sauces, rice, and more. Take home your own sample of sofrito and enjoy other delicious bites in this hands-on workshop.
Saturday, June 10 and Monday, June 12, 2017 | 2 & 3pm|6 & older| Sign-up*

Storytelling: Callaloo: The Legend of the Golden Coqui
Museum Educators share the story of two best friends and their adventure to free the golden coqui frog as they find their way through the enchanted El Yunque Rainforest in this book by Marjuan Canady.
Saturday, June 10-Monday, June 12, 2017 | 11am & 4pm | All ages | Drop-in

¡Vejigante! Carnival Mask Making
The vejigante is a colorful character who blends Puerto Rico’s African, Spanish, and Caribbean influences. Create your own mask inspired by the vejigante and other Caribbean carnival masks.
Saturday, June 10, 2017| 10:30-1pm | All Ages |Drop-in
Sunday, June 11, 2017| 2-4:45pm| All Ages |Drop-in
Monday, June 12, 2017| 10:30-1pm | All Ages |Drop-in

Funding for these programs was made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Father’s Day Weekend: Kids Food Festival to Go

The Children’s Museum honors fathers with a weekend full of fun and food. Enjoy art activities, design workshops, and the Kids Food Festival to Go scavenger hunt sponsored by The Creative Kitchen™.

Design Studio Challenge: Father’s Day
Design an unusual Father’s Day gift for someone special in your life using an unlikely art material—duct tape! Create ties, picture frames, and wallets out of a variety of wacky patterns and awesome colors.
Saturday, June 17, 2017| 10:30-1pm & 2pm-6pm |All ages | Drop-in

Kids Food Festival To-Go Scavenger Hunt
The Creative Kitchen™ teaches families the importance of balanced food choices through their signature Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt! Complete the hunt to earn your Kids Food Festival To-Go prize pack.
Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 10:30am-4:45pm| All Ages

The Annual LGBTQ Pride Night at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

LGBTQ Pride Night 2017

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) invites you to a special after-hours event in celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Queer families, as well as LGBTQ adults with children in their lives.

Enjoy an evening of special programing! Mix paint with your new friends on CMOM’s famous Mural Wall. Train to be a superhero and come up with special moves inspired by superhero theme music. Read stories with us for a special Drag Queen Story Time, meet Maddie the New York Liberty’s Mascot and join a hip-hop dance party with dance teaching artist Neil Fernando.

Don’t forget to explore all five floors of CMOM’s interactive exhibits like PlayWorks,™ Adventures with Dora and Diego and America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.

Special Guest, Transgender Youth Activist Rebekah Bruesehoff

Light refreshments served.

Admission is FREE, space is limited! RSVP to ensure entry.

This event is made possible with the generous support ofGoldman Sachs Community TeamWorks.

Promotional support provided by the New York Liberty.

Annual Gala 2017

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan will host our annual, adults-only fundraising event celebrating a year’s worth of joyful environments and programs that promote fun and learning here at the Museum and throughout New York City!

Proceeds from this event help fund the programs and services we deliver to 350,000 people each year at the Museum and through outreach programs at schools, libraries, homeless shelters, Head Start centers and hospitals. We look forward to enjoying this celebratory evening with you and other friends of the Museum.

If you are interested in joining the event committee or sponsoring this event, please contact Associate Director of Individual Giving Melissa DeCesare at mdecesare@cmom.org, or 212-721-1223 x235.